Abuja â€“ An official of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr Emmanuel Adanu, said on Thursday that Nigeriaâ€™s existing dams had stored enough sufficient water for 2014 dry season farming.
Adanu, the Director, Dams and Reservoir Operations said this in an interview on Thursday in Abuja.
â€œ We are working in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture now in their quest to provide food for the populace.
â€œWe have enough water for everybody to use now for irrigation.
â€œ It is just that the dams have not been properly utilised.
â€œBut we still have to contain most of our fresh water that is being discharged into the ocean every second, because in future itâ€™s going to be a problem of every nation in the world.
â€œThe volume of water on earth is constant since its creation, but the population keeps growing.
So the water available for each person keeps decreasing every second.â€™â€™
The director also said that attention was now being given to other parts of the country regarding the erection of dams.
He noted that this was a new policy thrust of the government unlike the practice in the past when there was concentration of dams in the North.
â€œNow the focus is to make water available for everybody.
â€œBasically, when we talk about water, drinking is the first thing.
â€œWater use by persons is the first thing you recognise before you go to other aspects such as irrigation, fishery and hydropower.
â€œThatâ€™s why we are trying to see that water is made available for everybody at the same time.
The director also explained that the ministries of water resources and agriculture were already collaborating to boost irrigation with a view to attaining food security in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Goodluck Jonathan recently gave N14 billion to the ministry of agriculture to boost irrigation in the country. (NAN)